Commentary

Protesting the Cancellation of Freedom Watch?

I am a HUGE fan of Freedom Watch and Judge Napolitano’s journalism and commentary. So I am bitterly disappointed that Fox Business chose to cancel it. My colleague Matt shares my disappointment.

I have to say I find it odd, though, that over at Lew Rockwell they are calling for all to “convey your outrage at this matter” to Fox. I think I get what they are driving at–Use your voice as a customer to tell the supplier you want them to keep providing the product. That is smart. I just would not talk about “outrage” but instead about demand or desire, just because the left so often uses “outrage” and a token for using populist pressure, rather than market pressure, to change decisions.

As much as I like Freedom Watch and the Judge, and hope he lands a new and equally effective gig, the fact is that Freedom Watch did not have good ratings. So Fox Business’s decision is the market in action–they don’t need shows that are wildly popular with a small audience, they need shows that draw bigger audiences and thus bigger ad revenue.

So rather than expressing outrage, all us fans of the Judge ought to be asking–why wasn’t his audience bigger? And how can we change that?

Adrian Moore

Adrian Moore, Ph.D., is vice president of policy at Reason Foundation, a non-profit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. Moore leads Reason's policy implementation efforts and conducts his own research on topics such as privatization, government and regulatory reform, air quality, transportation and urban growth, prisons and utilities.

Moore, who has testified before Congress on several occasions, regularly advises federal, state and local officials on ways to streamline government and reduce costs.

In 2008 and 2009, Moore served on Congress' National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission. The commission offered "specific recommendations for increasing investment in transportation infrastructure while at the same time moving the Federal Government away from reliance on motor fuel taxes toward more direct fees charged to transportation infrastructure users." Since 2009 he has served on California's Public Infrastructure Advisory Commission.

Mr. Moore is co-author of the book Mobility First: A New Vision for Transportation in a Globally Competitive 21st Century (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008). Texas Gov. Rick Perry said, "Speaking from our experiences in Texas, Sam Staley and Adrian Moore get it right in Mobility First." World Bank urban planner Alain Bartaud called it "a must read for urban managers of large cities in the United States and around the world."

Moore is also co-author of Curb Rights: A Foundation for Free Enterprise in Urban Transit, published in 1997 by the Brookings Institution Press, as well as dozens of policy studies. His work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Houston Chronicle, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Orange County Register, as well as in, Public Policy and Management, Transportation Research Part A, Urban Affairs Review, Economic Affairs, and numerous other publications.

In 2002, Moore was awarded a World Outsourcing Achievement Award by PricewaterhouseCoopers and Michael F. Corbett & Associates Ltd. for his work showing governments how to use public-private partnerships and the private sector to save taxpayer money and improve the efficiency of their agencies.

Prior to joining Reason, Moore served 10 years in the Army on active duty and reserves. As an noncommissioned officer he was accepted to Officers Candidate School and commissioned as an Infantry officer. He served in posts in the United States and Germany and left the military as a Captain after commanding a Heavy Material Supply company.

Mr. Moore earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Irvine. He holds a Master's in Economics from the University of California, Irvine and a Master's in History from California State University, Chico.